Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
“Green River” is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was written by John Fogerty and released as a single in July 1969, one month before the album of the same name was released (see 1969 in music). “Green River” peaked at number two for one week, behind “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies, and was ranked by Billboard as the No. 31 song of 1969.
The song was based on a childhood vacation spot of John Fogerty’s. In a 2012 interview Fogerty said, “What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about thing from my own life. Certainly a song like “Green River” – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it’s actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn’t called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place.
Fogerty added that the “actual specific reference, ‘Green River,’ I got from a soda pop-syrup label… My flavor was called Green River.”
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